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SAD bats for trade with Pak via Attari border, revocation of NSA

May 19, 2024 05:22 AM IST

In its manifesto, the Shiromani Akali Dal, which has faced criticism for failing to control the drug problem during its tenure in the state from 2007-17, has demanded death sentence for drugs lords.

Jalandhar

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal says the party will continue its fight for the release of Sikh prisoners.
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal says the party will continue its fight for the release of Sikh prisoners.

If elected to Parliament, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) representatives will work for re-opening the India-Pakistan trade corridor through the Attari-Wagah checkpost in Amritsar, Hussainiwala in Ferozepur and Fazilka.

Announcing this while releasing the SAD manifesto in Jalandhar on Saturday, party president Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “If the Centre can allow trade with Pakistan through Gujarat ports then why can’t the same be done through the road network to boost trade in Punjab? We will raise the demand for the restoration of international trade with neighbouring countries.”

In its ‘elaanaama (declaration)’ for the June 1 parliamentary election, the SAD, which has faced criticism for failing to control the drug problem during its tenure in the state from 2007-17, has demanded death sentence for drugs lords. “We will strongly put forward our demand in the Lok Sabha for coming up with stringent laws while dealing with smuggling of drugs and those behind it. The country requires death penalty for drug lords as they ruin and play with the life of gullible youngsters,” Sukhbir said.

The SAD president said the party will continue its fight for the release of Sikh prisoners (Bandi Singhs) with the Centre. “The SAD will coordinate with other regional parties to raise a strong voice against the revocation of the National Security Act (NSA) in Parliament. We propose a checks and balances system for national agencies, such as the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation, as they are being misused for arm-twisting political gains,” he said.

He said of the four main parties fighting the poll battle in 13 Punjab constituencies, only the SAD is a regional party that talks about the welfare and development of the state. “The Congress, BJP and AAP are playing divisive politics, creating rift within communities and creating an atmosphere of communal disharmony,” he said.

The SAD president added that successive Union governments, whether they were led by the Congress or the BJP, had ignored Punjab and led to its becoming a bankrupt state. “No special economic package was given to Punjab when it required it the most in the post-militancy years. These two parties looted the state of its finances when it was going through tough days by charging it for the deputation of central forces to maintain law and order. When Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir can get a special economic package why can’t Punjab?” Sukhbir added.

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